Sorø Meeting 2016 - Special - March 2016
So this year I returned to one of the biggest events on the freestyle football calendar, the Sorø Meeting!
Sorø is a tiny place in Denmark but once a year freestylers from all over of the globe travel to attend this huge meeting of lots of freestylers under the same roof. It's a time for just constant training, chilling and just generally having good times with the people we do not get the chance to see that often.
I went there with one of my best friends Kevin Buchert who is also a freestyler from Berlin, I also managed to vlog a lot of each day so I could capture the essence of the Sorø meet in all it's glory. Below you can also find each vlog (there are 4 in total from the trip) with some of the highlights from each of my days there.
So when I finally arrived there I had a blast of nostalgia as I had not been to this place in a good 4 years or so, everything looked very familiar though. It was so good to see everyone again. So in this legendary sports hall not only is it the place that we train but we also stay here as well in some of the small rooms connected to the main training space.
I had my first proper training session of the trip on the arrival day, although I was not really satisfied with my freestyle on this day I was just very happy to be surrounded by all my homies and like minded people. On this day I spent a lot of time freestyling and talking to Kevin (Germany), Jaime (Spain), who is a definite contender for having the coolest tattoo ever! (check out the vlog) and also Tonic (Netherlands) who gives some good tips in the vlog for doing PATW (also known as the Triple Around The World).
On the second day me and Kevin got up super early while everyone was still asleep to go outside and play some football on their full size outdoor pitches. It was very cold but a fun and refreshing way to start the day!
I had the chance to meet some of the younger freestylers or the 'next generation' as some may like to call them. Aksel from Norway and Christopher from Denmark to name a couple are really pushing their own limits at such a young age and it is very motivating to see so many people get into freestyle at a younger age.
I also spoke with Gunter (Italy) who is a household name in freestyle, winning the Italian Championships 4 times and competing in countless competitions at the most elite level. He was training for like 10 hours on the first day which is just absolutely crazy!
I was also reunited with my good friend Dara Coyne all the way from Ireland (goes to show how internationally freestyling is really bringing people together to one tiny city in Denmark). As is also mentioned in the Vlog, Dara runs a very in depth and high quality YouTube channel 'Your How To Do' which features lots of tutorials on freestyle tricks and is definitely worth checking out!
Generally there was a LOT of freestyle happening in this one, you could say it was business as usual. I myself had 3 sessions in this day and was a lot more pleased with some of the combos I was able to do.
After another early morning start with Kevin and after breakfast I decided to take a little dip in the ice cold lake. It was so cold that it had completely frozen over (we had to break it just to get in) and I could not stay in there long but it felt invigorating and amazing nonetheless!
More freestyle sessions took place once again, probably one of the most packed occasions of the hall for freestylers and I was happy with some of the combos I managed to land. In between freestyle sessions it is cool just to be able to talk to people too, I seemed to find myself chilling a lot with the Finnish Freestylers in the rooms away from the training hall. In addition to this it was great meeting legends like PWG and Marcus Holmberg (Sweden) too. At the end of the freestyle session it was also fun to mix things up with playing a bit of football indoors.
Even though the last day had come around already everyone was in very good spirits. There was still a lot of freestyle going on. I again found myself hanging out with the Finnish guys quite a lot again including Pege who is also one of my best friends in freestyle I would say, funny guy and also king of the trick Sagami Around The World!
It was only on day 4 that I finally got a chance to meet and speak with the organisers of the whole event; Lars Munck and Simon Atli. The duo have been organising the event for the past few years and I just want to thank them once again for doing such a great job and bringing so many freestylers to the same place from many different countries, it's incredible to be a part of it. According to Munck, there are so many freestylers attending now that they are planning to move the next one to a new location which he talks about in my vlog.
Even though Sorø is a small city in Denmark that most of you probably haven't heard of, it was great to visit it again and when away from the immediate freestyle I have to acknowledge friendly people living in the city of Sorø. I recall on one occasion when I was in the supermarket I didn't know whether there was ham in one of the pasta dishes, and one guy literally stopped what he was doing and took it to go find someone who worked there to ask him for me, incredible!
Finally, it was also really nice to see some of Copenhagen with the Finnish guys before we had to get our respective flights home, it is a really nice place I recommend visiting if you get the chance!
Overall the trip was a wonderful experience for me and again I leave with many fond memories. It is hard to put it into words how far this sport and its community has developed and to be a part of events such as this which demonstrate the amazing levels of the freestylers as well as the friendships made with these people for me is just priceless. I hope to see everyone who was there again as soon as possible!
To conclude, I think this clip below sums up the trip for me:
Thanks again for reading,